The opening of a Burkina Faso consulate in Dakhla is in line with its position of support for the Marocanity of the Sahara (Bourita)

The opening of a Consulate General of Burkina Faso in Dakhla is in line with its position of support for the Marocanity of the Sahara, always expressed in regional and international fora and fora, said on Friday in Dakhla, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, Nasser Bourita.

This decision contains several legal, political and diplomatic meanings, with regard to strengthening the momentum of support for the Saharas marocanity and renewing the full support of the Kingdoms legitimate claims in this part of its territory, Mr Bourita stressed during a joint press briefing with his Burkinabe counterpart, Mr. Alpha Barry, held at the end of the inauguration ceremony of the Consulate General of Burkina Faso in Dakhla.

He also highlighted the strength of bilateral relations and permanent political dialogue between the two countries on several regional and international issues, with the strong support of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Excellency the President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

Mr. Bourita also pointed out that the inauguration of this consular representation will also contribute to the strengthening of economic cooperation between the two countries, in line with the Sovereigns place of priority given to the city of Dakhla as an economic engine, since it constitutes a genuine link between Morocco and its African depth.

In this context, he highlighted the importance of the Moroccan economic presence in Burkina Faso and its role in supporting development programmes in that country, noting that about 10% of the Kingdoms external investment in the African continent is concentrated in Burkina Faso, through a strong presence of banks and Moroccan companies working in the fields of telecommunications, insurance and construction.

In this sense, Mr. Bourita considered that the opening of a consular representation in Dakhla also helped to reinvigorate bilateral relations in the field of training, recalling that Morocco had provided training for hundreds of Burkinabe experts and students for years, with the granting of 150 training grants each year in the Kingdom.

On this occasion, it was agreed to grant 30 additional scholarships for Burkina Faso in training institutes in Dakhla in various fields such as tourism, handicrafts, health, management and commerce.

In addition, Mr. Bourita stressed the ongoing cooperation between Morocco and Burkina Faso in the security and military fields, highlighting the Kingdom of Moroccos continued support to Burkina Faso in the fight against terrorism, notably through the presence of a section of the Mohammed VI Foundation of African Oulema in this country.

At the end of the meeting, Mr Bourita and Mr Barry signed an agreement between the Government of Burkina Faso and the Kingdom of Morocco concerning the abolition of visas in favour of nationals of both countries holding ordinary passports.

By CCeiT (AFP)